Ranking the Top 5 Milwaukee Bucks Games to Watch in April

Mike B.Correspondent IMarch 29, 2013

Ranking the Top 5 Milwaukee Bucks Games to Watch in April

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    April is the final month of the NBA’s regular season. The Milwaukee Bucks are scheduled to play 10 games during the month, as they look to earn a postseason berth for the first time in three years.

    As a Bucks fan, what are the top five April games you want to see the most?

    The struggling Minnesota Timberwolves appear on the schedule as well as fellow lottery-bound teams like the Orlando Magic, Charlotte Bobcats (twice) and the Toronto Raptors.

    But instead of watching cellar dwellers, you’d probably prefer to see games versus the league’s better squads like the Oklahoma City Thunder and Denver Nuggets.   

    April could prove to be a great month for the Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis-led Bucks.      

April 12: Milwaukee Bucks at Atlanta Hawks

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    The Bucks have lost all three of their meetings with the Atlanta Hawks this season. And Wisconsin sports fans hope they don’t make it 0-4.

    Atlanta’s Al Horford has looked like a superstar versus Milwaukee thus far, putting up 23.3 points and 11 rebounds per contest. The two-time All-Star center recorded 26 points and 15 boards in the third game of the season series.   

    Meanwhile, Monta Ellis, who leads the Bucks in scoring with 19 points per game, has been held to just 13 a game against the Hawks. He ended up with only five points on 2-of-14 shooting in the March 20 loss.   

    Will the Bucks avoid a season series sweep? 


April 5: Milwaukee Bucks at New York Knicks

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    Atlanta isn’t the only Eastern Conference team that the Bucks are winless against. They also have a donut in the win column versus the New York Knicks this season (0-2).

    The Bucks fell to the Knicks 102-88 at home and 96-86 on the road. This time, Milwaukee will travel to Madison Square Garden to take on Carmelo Anthony’s crew.   

    Melo, the game’s second-leading scorer, is averaging 27 points per game versus the Bucks this season. And look for the superstar forward to have another strong performance in the third and final game of the season series.  

    Don’t be surprised to see Brandon Jennings and the Bucks steal a win at the Garden.


April 15: Denver Nuggets at Milwaukee Bucks

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    This is the Bucks’ only home game on the list, as they take on the red-hot Denver Nuggets at the Bradley Center.

    Denver recently won 15 consecutive games despite not having a single superstar on the roster. That’s quite impressive.

    Milwaukee lost to the Nuggets 112-104 in Denver on February 5. While the Bucks’ leading scorers, Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings, were held to just 12 points apiece, Samuel Dalembert surprisingly dropped a game-high 35 in the losing effort.

    Thirty-five points is a lot, especially for a backup center who averages just seven points per game this season.

    Let’s see if the Bucks can pick up a huge win over an extremely talented Nuggets squad. And we’ll see if Dalembert goes for 40 in this one. Okay, maybe not.

April 17: Milwaukee Bucks at Oklahoma City Thunder

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    Milwaukee ends the regular season versus the star-studded Oklahoma City Thunder.

    A win over the defending Western Conference champs would certainly give the Bucks confidence heading into the playoffs.

    Led by the dynamic duo of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, OKC owns the league’s third-best record and has a legitimate chance to win it all this year.    

    This contest could prove to be the ultimate shot-blocking party. Milwaukee’s Larry Sanders and the Thunder’s Serge Ibaka are currently tied for the league lead in blocks per game.   

    It could also be a high-scoring showdown, featuring the Bucks’ Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings versus Durant and Westbrook.

April 9: Milwaukee Bucks at Miami Heat

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    Miami’s ridiculous 27-game winning streak was recently snapped, six wins shy of tying the all-time record.

    It would’ve been neat to see them get the record, but oh well; all good things must come to an end.

    The Bucks will attempt to prevent LeBron and Co. from picking up a victory, although it’ll be an extremely difficult task. King James is hands-down the best player in the game today, while his buddies Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are perennial All-Stars as well.

    Milwaukee has proven it can hang with the Heat this season, though, blowing them out once and losing in overtime during another contest.

    This will probably be a first-round postseason preview. The Bucks are currently eighth in the East, while Miami, of course, is on top of the conference.